Pennsylvania’s renter-friendly solar plan moves forward

(The Center Square) – A state-sponsored plan to bring solar power to more residents cleared the Pennsylvania House of Representatives this week.

The proposal suggests using federal subsidies to expand access to renters, or those who lack an appropriate roof or land area for panels, to take advantage of the cost savings derived from solar energy. 

While the technology is growing in many communities, bill sponsor Allentown Democratic Rep. Peter Schweyer said areas like the one he represents – of which renters make up 65% – have row homes and historic districts where solar panels cannot be installed. 

Not taking advantage of available federal grants, Schweyer said during a recent committee hearing, would decrease the likelihood of the bill moving forward. An emphasis was placed on making sure there are zero negative impacts on non-solar ratepayers. 

“For years, we’ve been hung up on how to help the development of community solar,” he said
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